The final quarter of 2017 was full of market-moving headlines, including a rise in the short-term Fed Funds Rate, which is the rate at which banks lend to one another overnight, along with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
The tax bill energized markets, pushing U.S. Stocks to record highs. The rally was further bolstered by a solid economy and a strong labor market.
Historically, when Stock prices improve, Bond prices and the home loan rates tied to a type of Bond known as Mortgage Backed Securities often worsen. Despite the recent Stock-friendly news, home loan rates remained just above all-time lows.
If you’re planning on selling your home or you’re thinking about buying a new home, the listing price is one of the most important factors for success in either case. For the buyer, the listing price matters because a buyer wants to get the best home at the best price. For the seller, setting an appropriate listing price is often the difference between selling their home, and having it sit on the market longer than desired.
Before you settle on a home or a listing price for the home you’re selling, it is important to evaluate the listing price against certain factors to ensure the price is fair and adequate. Here are five listing price considerations to keep in mind when buying or selling a
Homeowners aren't selling, and the prospect of rising rates could encourage them to 'lock-in' and stay put
Mortgage rates are expected to rise this year, aggravating the already-vexing problem of not enough existing homes on the market, according to a panel of economists speaking last week at the International Builders Show in Orlando.
Among the experts there was no consensus on rates other than that they are poised to increase. But Frank Nothaft, the former chief economist at mortgage giant Freddie Mac who now wears the same hat at CoreLogic, pointed out that those homeowners with mortgages at lower than the prevailing rate are thinking twice about putting their homes up for sale. “Realtors call it the lock-in effect,” he said.
Smart home technology is growing rapidly—it’s expected to be a $130 billion industry by 2020. Predictably, millennials are leading the smart home charge, but all demographics are enjoying the powerful features these devices can offer.
What exactly is a smart home device? These are connected devices that combine artificial intelligence (AI) and Wi-Fi connectivity to help automate or streamline features and tasks in homes. Examples include smart lighting to automate your lights, smart speakers to control other devices and smart TVs that stream media and learn what you like to watch.
To help you better serve your clients, here are some of the key things buyers and sellers should know when it comes to smart home devices.
We’ve all seen the ads on TV. Our favorite celebrities from the 70s and 80s telling us how reverse mortgages are a great way to add to retirement and eliminate monthly mortgage payments. And for some people, they can be an attractive option to consider depending upon your own personal situation. But they definitely aren’t right for everyone.
A reverse mortgage is actually just a type of loan that allows homeowners to convert or effectively “sell back” a portion of their home’s equity to the bank for cash. Think of it like rolling back the clock on a regular mortgage. You’ll get cash for the value of the equity that you sell back, but you’ll end up owning a smaller percentage of your house. The loan is repaid to the bank when you move out or when
Inventory will be the major factor shaping the 2018 housing market, but that’s nothing new. For the third year in a row, the nationwide inventory shortage is likely to continue to hinder sales and increase prices. We expect small increases in inventory at the high-end of the market by year-end. Starter-home inventory has not increased meaningfully since 2011, and we don’t expect it to increase at all next year. Exacerbating the problem is high rents and vacation home rental platforms that make it both easy and lucrative to own more than one home.
Prediction #1: Homebuyers Will Leave High-Tax States
If state and local tax (SALT) deductions are eliminated in high-tax states like California, New York,